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dealing, stealing, and using heroin, not on the streets but in war zones. u.s. troops are the ones doing it. >> have you seen this child? probably not because by now he would be 40 years old. why this case is back in the headlines. plus a high school athlete so beloved that both teams cheer for him and after you meet him, we promise you will, too. >> a century old rule might bench him for good. >> hello, everyone. i'm don lemon. thank you for joining a. 56 days ago, george zimmerman crossed paths with trayvon martin. 11 days ago, he was arrested for shooting the unarmed teen. now just a week and half in jail, he could be released at
any minute. a judge granted him $150,000 bond in a hearing that took unusual turns and surprising moves. he took the stand and said this to trayvon martin's parents. >> i wanted to say i am sorry for the loss of your son. i did not know how old he was. i thought he was a little bit younger than i am, and i did not know if he was armed or not. >> david mattingly is outside the jail where zimmerman is held in sanford, florida. hello to you. any indication about when he'll get out? >> well, the defense attorney walked out of the jail just a little while ago. he didn't give us any solid indication of when he was to be released. he said there was still a lot of work that needed to be done, particularly rarting security, not just for zimmerman, but for his family as well. and zimmerman himself has to get out of here, escape the scrutiny he's under, and get back into hiding. the hiding he emerged from to turn himself in. his attorney is saying his state
of mind is looking forward. >> again, he's focused on getting out at this point. you know, it's a long, long process. this is the first step of it, and he's still very worried about the fact he's facing a lifetime sentence on a second degree murder charge. >> and at this moment, everyone is still waiting and watching, waiting to see what happens neck. how george zimmerman will begin his days of freedom and his days of working on his defense against this second degree murder charge. >> and david, if he is released, when he is released, there are stipulations after he leaves jail? >> that's right. we're going to have to find out exactly where -- well, authorities are going to know exactly where he is all the time. he's going to have a gps tracking device on him, going to be on a curfew, on a very tight leash. he's going to have to check in periodically, every day. he's not supposed to have any alcohol, no controlled substances.
and he's supposed to be able to work freely with his attorney. one thing the judge did, though, that was very heavily in george zimmerman's favor, he said he is free to go outside the state of florida. so there might have to be some technical arrangements made so they can keep track of him outside of the state as well. >> his apology that we played at the beginning of this news cast didn't sit well with some people. >> well, it didn't go over well with trayvon martin's parents, i can tell you that for sure. i was sitting in the courtroom, looking roth at them when george zimmerman apologized to them and spoke to them directly. they were completely unmoved. after the hearing, they got up quickly, left without speaking to anyone. they let their attorney speak afterward. he said they felt that appall aenl was self-serving, they felt he might have been saying that to help him get his bond. they also felt like he had plenty of opportunities before now to say something about
killing trayvon martin. it did not go over well with the family and their supporters as well. >> david mattingly standing by where george zimmerman could be released at any moment. we'll check back with you. >> we want to turn to the military and a disturbing problem among some soldiers. in the last two years, eight american soldiers have died from drug overdoses involving heroin, morphine, or other opiates while serving in afghanistan. they were revealed in documents detailing the investigation. 56 soldiers suspected of possessing, using, or deelg those drugs. the u.s. is set up with syria. that is the message today with u.n. ambassadors after the security counsel approved a plan to beef up the monitoring mission in syria. the resolution authorizes the u.s., the u.n., i should say, to end up to 300 unarmed observers to syria.
but she warned that washington is tires of the regime's quote, long record of broken promises. and this is why. the opposition said snipers killed five people today in homs. the government blames the ongoing violence on terror. >> to new york now and the cold case three decades in the making. investigators recently relaunched a case of 6-year-old etan pates. he disappeared in new york in 1979, just blocks from his home. now the fbi is taking a second look at it, and cnn susan candiotti has more from the day he disappeared. >> may 25th, 1979. it's a friday, and 6-year-old etan patz is upstairs in his family's apartment getting ready. he comes down decked out in a corduroy jacket, pants, and a kid's pilot hat. he can't wait to get to school. for the first time, etan's mom and dad are allowing him to walk
two blocks down the street this way to get to his school bus stop all by himself. >> it was friday before memorial day weekend. this would be one of his last opportunities. they finally relented and said he could go. >> it's just after 8:00 a.m. according to author lisa cohen, etan's mom kisses him good-bye and watches him walk to the bus stop. everything seems fine, so hes mother runs back upstairs to take care of her 2-year-old son. this is the corner where etan was heading to meet the bus with just two blocks away from their apartment, i can still see it from here. but etan never made it. at the end of the school day when he didn't come home, his mom calls police. by that time, several hours had passed before anyone had any idea there was something wrong. those are crucial hours for an investigation. >> etan's dad, frantic, starts grabbing photos of his son to start showing to people in the neighborhood. investigators interview the parents and start canvassing the
area for the youngster. >> susan candiotti joins us from new york. what's happening there today's? >> well, today, for the third day in a row, the fbi continues its search for the remains of etan patz. you can see all of the activity behind me. that's the building where the fbi agents finished jackhammering down the walls and breaking apart the cement floor that was there. and now they're in the basement of that building. they are sifting at this point through dirt and soil, going six feet down into the ground. the see whether they can determine or see any sign of his remains, and any difference in the soil, its color, its texture, to see whether there might have been movement going back maybe 33 years. and anything important they find, they'll bring to the fbi lab. >> what do we know about this carpenter, susan? >> well, the carpenter we're talking about is akmeal miller,
and he used to work in the basement, had a workshop there. he was friends with etan. he was friends with his family. because the fbi had requestioned him recently, information they gave him, gave them enough evidence to go to a judge and get the grountds for a search warrant. they brought in cadaver dogs. that made a hit, and that is why the fbi is now looking at that basement. now, local police did search that basement a long time ago. but they never dug it up. didn't search it to this degree and they didn't have bloodhounds way back then. this man, mr. miller, is not named as a suspect. he has not been charged in this case. and his attorney says he has nothing to do with the disappearance of etan patz. >> susan, thank you very much for that. the story is more common than you think.
the national center for missing and exploiting children reports than more than 779,000 children were reported each year. of those, over 200,000 are taken by a family member. since the mid-1980, 169,000 children have been safely recovered, many credited to hotlines and programs like the amber alert system. >> he was the first of richard nixon's aides to be convicted of charges related to watergate. chuck colson has died at the age of 80. he spent a short time in prison and reinvented himself as a religious figure. he funded an outreach program that has services in 113 countries. he suffered a brain hemorrhage late last month and died from complications just this afternoon. the list of secret service agents implicated in a prosttushz scandal grows and so does the list of those now out of a job. we're sking a former agent if behavior lice this is really
that unusual in two minutes. also this -- >> you don't see this every day. cnn goes to the front line with u.s. troops in afghanistan. and that is one of several interesting moments. (female announcer) most life insurance companies look at you and just see a policy. at aviva, we do things differently. we're bringing humanity back to life insurance. that's why only aviva rewards you with savings for getting a check-up. it's our wellness for life program, with online access to mayo clinic. see the difference at avivausa.com.
three more u.s. skretd service employees have stepped down because of the prostitution scandal in colombia. that makes six to lose their jobs. all together, 23 secret service and military personnel have been implicated in the controversy. the service is investigating 12 while the u.s. military looks into 11 of its own troops. the heat is on. the secret service director mark
sullivan. he promises a complete investigation into what happened in the cartagena hotel rooms. secret service members are accused of partying with prostitutes ahead of last week's visit by president barack obama. we want to get perspective on that from dave wilkinson, a secret service member for 22 years until 2002. working for president bush and clintb. and some thought that wasn't the first time things like that happened. my question was, did you hear about anything like this when you served? first, thank you. pleasure to meet you. did you hear about anything like this? >> never. the secret service is a mission-driven organization with zero tolerance for misconduct by the agents. i never heard of anything happening in 22 years and six years since i have been retired. >> you know mark sullivan. how do you think he's handled this. he's been outspoken about it. >> slept very little, i'm sure. mark is a good friend. we went up through the ranks of
the secret service together. he's the ultimate public serv t servant. the ultimate leader, and he's done a great job, and he and the other leadership will get to the bottom of this. they'll turn over every stone to make sure they get to the bottom of this incident and weed out the bad apples and move on doing the great job they do. >> it's a high pressure job. >> no question. >> a lot of stress? >> a lot of stress, a lot of travel. >> were you there when president bush got the world about 9/11. >> i was with him. >> when you think about it, a stressful job. these guys may want to go and have a good time because they have stress. prostitution is legal. not an excuse? >> nowhere near an excuse. the mission of the secret service is first. it's a team-oriented mission. when they're on a mission, somewhere in a foreign country to protect the country, that's the first and foremost, and there's no exceptions. there's no excuses.
>> how do you think -- what do you think will be the residual effect from this? obviously, right now, it's a black eye on the secret service. do you think it will be lingering? >> i don't think so. clearly, the investigation will show in my opinion that this is an isolated incident. you'll find that the secret service is the strictest of strict. they expect their agents to demonstrate professionalism at all times, and this certainly is a black eye, as you said, but it's not something that will haunt the secret service. and again, i think proof will show that this is an isolated incident. >> that said, i'm sure you're happy about spending so much time -- do you ever find yourself talking through your hand? >> of course. your ear used to quiver from wearing the ear piece. i'm sure you do it at well. >> i do it a lot. thank you. it's a pleasure to meet you. >> my pleasure. >> and president bush and president clinton, they were --
you're a good man to have by their side. >> both bushes? >> both bushes. >> thank you, sir. >> we have all heard of going out for a drink after work, but what if you could have the drink in the comfort of your office in the middle of the day? some employers say they're fine with that. first, i want to tell you about this. >> more women start new businesses than men do, but if they want to succeed, women cannot be multitaskers. christine romans explains in this week's smart is the new rich. >> women are starting bgzs at a rate of what, 2 to 1? >> absolutely. >> but growing the businesses is the hard part. a down economy and it's getting them from employer yourself to employing other people. how do women get over the hump? >> set goals for themselves because you can get started and be happy because you're making a living and not lisking by someone else's schedule, but if you really want to make money, you have got to go beyond yourself. you have to start looking at bringing other people into the
business and making sure you have something to sell that people want to buy. it can't be a nice to have it, it has to be a has to have it. >> don't think status quo, think grow. how do you do that? >> first of all, you have to see yourself as a ceo. you cannot do everything yourself. women do this at home. we do it because we have to, in our business, we have got to get beyond that. we have to have people who work with us and help us. people who are good at stuff that we are not. a team. >> outsource. >> yes, outsource, hire, whatever you need to do. >> revenues for women owned business is -- >> it's almost 80% of women o owned businesses are $50,000 a year in gross revenue or less. >> that's making your own job. >> exactly, and so how do you go from it being your job to being a growing enterprise? it's thinking about yourself as a ceo and running an entity, not
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typically looked down upon, right? martinis at lunch, a little bourbon with clients. more like a scene from the amc show "madman." it chronicles what it's like to work at a u.s. advertising firm in the '60. and this includes plenty of drinking on the job. in 2012, shaping up -- we're wondering if it's shaping up to look like 1962. dr. wendy walsh joins me live from los angeles. a report from abc news says the list of employers that serve liquor in the office is growing. is this a dangerous trend or just harmless? my thing is it's always happened. people just didn't talk about it. >> i think has happened and people didn't talk about it. but what is interesting, don, this week, the study came out showing it's just have one drink. just enough to keep your alcohol level below the drunk, intoxicated level, you can be more creative and better at problem solving. the problem is that's your
prefrontal cortex that you're making numb after the first drink. and how do you stop yourself? >> really? you know, i guess it's not a secret. they tell people when they're on the air, right, if you're in front of the camera and have to perform, have a glass of wine to loosen you up so you're not sonivorous and stiff. does that do the same thing? >> relaxing your brain just a l little bit can help make it more creative. i'm a writer. when i sit late at night, if i have one glass of wine, i write great stuff. if i have two, three, oh, lord, i write junk. >> you think you're writing great stuff. >> that's right. >> let's move on and talk about more women than men are now in the american work place. young women make more money and hold more university degrees than young men, but you said that was bad news for women who want to be mothers. why? >> absolutely, bad news. when women rise in power in a culture, sex becomes in high
supply. when sex becomes in high supply, men are less likely to commit. why commit to one when you can text in a herd any night of the week. as a result, men aren't committing -- >> hold on. did you say that? >> didn't we used to say, why do we buy the cow. now we can text in a herd any night of the week. because they're less commitment oriented, they're also less ambitious. one reason men compete is so they can obtain status to higher status women or more women. there are fewer mates so they're having problems. >> text in a herd. how do we reach a resolution? >> you might believe that the solution is oh, why can't we be single mothers because we're making money? i'm a single mother and the statistics are not good.
there are worse outcomes for kids of single parents, and it's not telling women to quit their jobs. it's about finding better family friendly policies in work places because women are hedging their bets. well, if i can't get a guy to sign up, i'm going to have to keep getting more education and keep working, and before they know it, their fertility window slams shut. 1 in 5 american women won't have babies, women who wants to have babies will not have them. that's gone up 80% in the last ten years. >> wow, you ladies have a whole lot -- it's a whole other show when it comes to you. it's so much to worry about, the biological clock -- >> we do. >> you do. let's talk about it, you think about the biological clock, dressing, doing your hair, getting your nails done. it's expensive and hard. and at some point, there's an end game where you have to have a baby by a certain age and all of those things. then women have two jobs. they go to work, a lot of
thement, and then go home and do another job. tough being a ladesy. >> don, i'm so glad you understand it. it's so, so hard. then you have to pay for child care, too, to go to the jobs. the truth is women cannot have the same kind of sexual behavior as men simply because they do not have -- you guys don't have a fertility window. bottom line is, you know, there are strategies women use to select mates. it sounds old fashioned, but i think it's modern to slow love down a little bit until you can figure out a guy's intentions. >> guys, you should know that. have more respect for the ladies. a lot of you do. if you don't, now you know. thank you. appreciate it. >> good to so you. >> a look at the top stories, including a collision in amster democrat. two commuter trains collide. and in five minutes, this -- >> we do not see this every day. cnn goes to the front lines with u.s. troops in afghanistan.
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take until the middle of the week to come up with $150,000. or $15,000. 10% of the bond the judge set on friday. surprising move, zimmerman took the stand in his bond hearing and apologized to the parents of trayvon martin, the unarmed teen he claims he shot in self defense. >> new daumpts reveal that eight american soldiers died from drug overdosed including heroin, morphine, or other opiates in 2010 and 2011. they looked at 56 soldiers suspected of possessing, using, or distributing the drugs. also details on how the drugs were bought, largely from afghan soldiers and civilians. >> in the netherlands, two passenger trains collide head on in amsterdam today, injuring at least 125 people. could be more. more than a dozen of them critically. no word on possible deaths yet. the collision happened between two stations. it's not clear yet how both
trains ended up on the same track and rescue operations are still ongoing. we'll keep you updated on that. >> little chance everyone survived a plane crash in pakistan, but the search continues. it carried 127 people when it crashed yesterday in bad weather near islamabad. investigators have found the flight data recorder which may help slain what caused the crash. the post joe paterno era kicked off today at the blue-white game. fans left flowers and other remembrances. phil o'brien is head coach, the job held for 60 years. he died in january, just a month after losing his job in the wake of the sex abuse scandal that engulfed his former assistant coach, jerry sandusky. the university has paid paterno's estate nearly $6 million. >> afghan security forces stop planned for a series of attacks
in the capital. they found ten ton of explosives hidden under bags of potatoes in a truck with pakistani plates. five militants confessed and are under arrest. that's just one arrest. the cat and mouse game also plays out at night. >> nick walsh went along on one mission. >> in the taliban heartland, americans and affcans launch an assault before dawn in remote hostile environment they have not set foot in in months. a flat, exposed space about a mile away from the velg. two high value targets the americans want to arrest. >> americans withdraw and force afghan forces to take over the manhunt. as they push into the village in
search of the americans' most wanting militant, the afghans seem pretty casual. some doors stay locked. their prey likely vanishing when they heard helicopters. >> they hear the birds come and flee immediately. >> as the americans search for weapons cache, they become the targets. >> where's it at? >> clearly, insurgents are keen to defend this building or at least attack the americans as they get near it. the shots come in close, fired from a distant tree line. the afghans spring into life, firing a rocket. and then move to flank the insurgents who keep taking pot shots. >> they don't like that you're running.
>> warning flares from attack aircraft from above stop the gunfire. and distant figures, probably women and children, appear, meaning a counterattack is too risky and the fight is over. >> i think the one in the white is a child. >> the keen warriors make for poor police, riding motorcycles is illegal, and they have to decide on a punishment. should they shoot the fuel tank? perhaps not. they let the tires down. and then deliver what is here a rare encounter with afghanistan's government. that night that they leave from the taliban surely return, knowing without american support, the afghan state's relevance here slips further into the distance. cnn, ghazni province, afghanistan.
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at any time, the neighborhood watch volteefr who admittedly shot a florida teen could be released on bond. in a florida courtroom yesterday, we finally got to hear from the man at the center of the story. george zimmerman's first words were aimed at trayvon martin's parents. >> i wanted to say i am sorry for the loss of your son. i did not know how old he was. i thought he was a little bit younger than i am. and i did not know if he was armed or not. >> every time i see that video, i want to tell the attorney, could you please move? so you can see his face. i mean, honestly, that's what everyone says, get out of the
way, attorney. holly hughes, did you think the same thing, get out of the way so we can see him? >> i am a defense attorney, so i know exactly what he's doing. he's blocking your view so you're not seeing him. mark o'mara is sharp, don lemon. let me tell you something. if there's a man who can come in and not just represent george zimmerman but also i think show the country what's going on. >> what he did with that yesterday, that was a question that we usually hear from the defendant in a bond hearing? >> almost never. and what was very clever, you'll notice something about the law, when the state's attorney got the opportunity to cross-examine george zimmerman, you heard him saying that's outside the scope of examination. typically, the judge is only going to let the opposing lawyer kroex on what was asked on direct. he said very little on direct. i'm sorry your son is dead. little backhanded apology.
i'm sorry for the loss of your son. not i'm sorry i killed him. that's why we see the martin family attorney saying not enough. >> that was surprising seeing that. >> it's technically right because you're not going to push a client to say i murdered him. you do want him to express an apology. when it comes out half-hearted like that, you have to wonder how effective it was. >> speaking to the mom who said in another interview, did you know how old my son was and did you know whether he was armed or not, and he said he answered the questions. >> he's answering, yeah. >> we heard from zimmerman's mother, father, wife, by phone. was this for safety reasons? shackles and bullet proof vest under his suit? >> it is, and also so they don't disrupt the proceedings. we typically don't have that. if someone wants to testify, you want their family mein court for the defend. i'm standing bemind my son, my
husband, my whoever that is. but one, huge safety concern. you would have had to have protection for the witnesses coming in. and you don't want to distract or disrupt the court proceedings. i think it was wise for the judge to allow it to go forward this way. >> he said he apologized and he wanted to express regret to the families, and earlier, he asked to meet with the martins. and it was denied. >> right. >> why? >> he wants to be able to meet with them privately and say things that aren't going to be subject to cross-examination, that the entire nation is not hearing. he wants them to understand where he's coming from because you and i were talking about this on the break. this is a horrible tragedy for everybody involved because up until the night that this happened, february 26th, george zimmerman was just the neighborhood watch guy who had a wife, was out there living his life and trying to do the right
thing. in a split second, he makes a decision that not only ends the life of a young man, but changes his life irreversibly. he's never going to be who he was. >> if you take this, away all the emotion of the case and think about someone you know in a bullet proof vest and shackles who has lost quite a bit of weight in the courtroom, if you looked at him, my goodness. he looks like his life is over regardless of what happens. a split second decision. we were talking, and isn't that something you should think about when you are in possess of a con? >> that's the thing. not only that. there were so many choices he made that night. he made the choice to get out of his vehicle. he made the choice to follow trayvon martin. he made the choice to carry that gun, to pull that gun. this is not just that one split second decision. it is everything you decided to
do leading up to that altercation. >> that's what i'm saying, if you have something as powerful as that, you get in a fight. >> fisticuffs. >> if you have a gun or knife, you realize when you have that, you can take someone's life. >> it's life altering not just for the poor victim but for you as well. >> for you and everyone you know. everyone you know. thank you. he's going be monitored, can't work, can't drink, we got it. thank you, thank you very much. >> let's move on now. rocker ted nugent is in trouble again, but this time, riltser not for what he said on the radio. what he did to a bear.
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to a plea deal for killing and transporting a black bear in alaska. nugent agreed to pay a $10,000 fine, serve two years probation, and take part in a public service announcement. on thursday, he was questioned and cleared by the secret service over those comments he made about president obama. and in north carolina, convicting killer is now off death row after a judge ruled race played a role in the case. he said prosecutors across the state excluded potential black jurors. it's a landmark decision that could affect a number of death row cases in the state. he faced life in prison without the possibility of parole. next, a student wants to play ball and the school wants him on the team. but a 100-year-old rule might keep this teenager with downs syndrome on the bench. when i was involved with
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sometimes there are inspirational stories we want you to watch. i want you to look at this next story. he's a high school kid with down syndrome. both teams cheer for him. he's an athlete, but his time may be running out. take a look at ted roland's story. >> spend a few minutes with eric dompierre and you will see why his teammates love him. >> you practice a lot? >> i prak it ctice a lot. >> eric is on a basketball and football team. eric's coaches put him in near the end if a game has been decided. last year he brought the house down when he made this three point shot against their rival. >> i remember that i shot it and i made it and then i heard fans
and my mom crying. >> i videotaped the crowd on the other side and it was made upmostly of the other side's fans, including their student section. they were all on their feet cheering for eric. >> the same thing happened when eric made his first extra point kicking for the football team. >> watching the kids react, they carried himg off the field. it was one of the best moments. >> eric will be a senior in the fall, but unless something changes he won't be able to play sports because with down syndrome he was held back in elementary school so he turned 19 in january. he's too old. >> eric's high school is trying to get the rules changed so that he can keep playing, but a committee with the michigan high school athletic association has denied two of the school's petitions. >> members have to change the constitution. at this point in time they have told us not to. >> eric's cause is getting a lot of attention and support at
change.org online petition has more than 80,000 signatures. a local t-shirt shop is selling this shirt that says let 'em play. >> one of those things we just don't see too much in our society anymore, you know? >> as a last attempt, eric's school has submitted a third petition. >> what is the harm in letting him play? what is your fear about allowing this to happen because i don't understand it. >> the rule is it's 100 years old. we've come a long way in those hundred years here in this country as a country as to how we evolve and include people with disabilities. i think it's time that the rule catches up with that. >> eric says he will continue to practice to get ready for next season even though he knows he may not be able to play. ted roland, michigan. one of the best known
senators will have to survive a primary runoff to keep his seat. republican hatch of utah fell just short of enough delegates to today's state convention to avoid a runoff. his opponent is a former member of the state senate who is getting a lot of tea party support. chuck colson has died. he suffered a brain hemorrhage. he once said he would have done almost anything for president nixon. he went to prison for his role in that scandal. he died in prison. i'm don lemon in atlanta. see you back here at 7:00 p.m. eastern. bye. you're in the situation room.